It is true that most of us as women love gemstones such as rubies, diamonds, and sapphires? Well, men do too! But gems hold a special place in a woman’s heart. We delight in the sparkle and depth of color, turning them in the light to catch their brilliance?
God often speaks of rewards to his people in terms of gems. He says “And your foundations I will lay in sapphires” and “I will make your battlements of rubies, and your gates of crystal.” (Isaiah 54:11-12) He also has a setting in mind – one that will adequately support our stones.
Here is his promise: “O afflicted one, storm-tossed and not comforted, behold, I will set your stones in antimony, and lay your foundations with sapphires. (ESV Verse 11) After reading that scripture it didn’t mean too much to me because I didn’t know what antimony was. Ahhh, I finally discovered it refers to the way metals are mixed and weighted for greater power and strength.
We wouldn’t place a beautiful diamond in a tin setting that might cave under the weight and God wouldn’t place our gifts in a weak or unsubstantial mounting either. So in reading Verse 11 we could better understand it this way…. “I will set your stones in a strong setting that has many elements combined to make it stronger and more secure.”
God is building a life for each one of us that is rock solid. He wants our gifts shown brilliantly and with splendor. He wants us to shine and sparkle just like a brilliant stone that is held up to the light. Our setting is durable and mighty and it will display God’s faithfulness to us. Oh yeah!!!! Now THAT is antimony.